ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver


By Williams Racing
February 4 2020

 
 ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
 
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ROKiT Williams Racing is pleased to confirm Jack Aitken as the team’s Official Reserve Driver for the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Jack, 24 joins Williams following his impressive season in FIA Formula 2 where he won three races for the Campos Racing team (its first ever victories in the series) and finished fifth in the standings. Before that, he was a double Formula Renault champion and went on to be runner-up in GP3 in 2017. Alongside his F2 racing commitments, Jack has spent time with the Renault F1 Team as their Reserve and Test Driver over the past two seasons, gaining valuable experience both on and off the track.

In his new role as Williams’ Reserve Driver, Jack will attend all F1 Grands Prix during the year, integrating himself into the trackside team and be on hand should the need arise to replace one of the race drivers. Jack will undertake crucial work for Williams in the team’s simulator and will make his debut on-track appearance during an F1 race weekend by taking part in a Friday FP1 session. Finally, Jack will support the team in media and marketing activities throughout the year.

Jack Aitken commented, “It is a great honour to join ROKiT Williams Racing as their Reserve Driver for the 2020 season. Williams is a team with strong heritage, and continued longevity, and I’m looking forward to directly contributing to their development through my simulator and testing work.”

“It is obvious from what Jack has achieved so far he is a young driver with a great career ahead of him,” said Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, “and we believe he has the right credentials to reach the top in the sport. Jack has proved his ability in FIA Formula 2 and GP3 and we look forward to seeing what he can achieve as the team’s Official Reserve Driver.”

 

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ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 04/02/2020 11:52

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Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Rear Wing 1 (IP Logged)
Date: 04/02/2020 11:59

Why didn't this guy stay at Renault? Did Renault not want him anymore?

Why didn't Renault keep him?

Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Francesc (IP Logged)
Date: 04/02/2020 12:04

My guess is that Williams is a good chance for a race drive in 2021 when Russell probably leaves to Mercedes.

Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: supa213 (IP Logged)
Date: 04/02/2020 12:09

Good point Francesc, I guess they will be evaluating both him and Ticktum for the non-paid seat in 2021. Will be interesting to see how they get on. I'm not aware of any other team having such a large pool of drivers. So far we have:

Russell
Latifi
Aitken
Ticktum
Nissany
Chadwick

Is this normal?

Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: CLOVERLEAF 888 (IP Logged)
Date: 04/02/2020 12:49

Seems like Williams are creating their own driver program on a bigger scale maybe. Seems the way to go and so many drivers are affiliated with F1 teams before they get a drive.

Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Anderis (IP Logged)
Date: 04/02/2020 14:22

It's not unusual and other teams also have multiple test/development drivers.

Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Mehryar (IP Logged)
Date: 04/02/2020 16:59

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supa213
Good point Francesc, I guess they will be evaluating both him and Ticktum for the non-paid seat in 2021. Will be interesting to see how they get on. I'm not aware of any other team having such a large pool of drivers. So far we have:
Russell
Latifi
Aitken
Ticktum
Nissany
Chadwick

Is this normal?

That is a pool of drivers any team can have easily! Likes of Nissany or Chadwick can't be on anyone's list.

I could be more glad with having Sirotkin in place of 3 or 4 of them.The guy was a good match for Lance in his rookie year.probably had alot of potential to be unlocked on his second year.

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Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: AlanJones (IP Logged)
Date: 05/02/2020 06:27

Quote:
supa213
Good point Francesc, I guess they will be evaluating both him and Ticktum for the non-paid seat in 2021. Will be interesting to see how they get on. I'm not aware of any other team having such a large pool of drivers. So far we have:
Russell
Latifi
Aitken
Ticktum
Nissany
Chadwick

Is this normal?

As was being said on the Autosport forum:
Mercedes last year had Ocon, Vandoorne, Gutierrez, de Vries, Kari, Mazepin, Davidson & Leigh in the simulator


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Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Rear Wing 1 (IP Logged)
Date: 05/02/2020 07:57

Is it a thing now for teams to have 6 or 7 Sim / Test drivers in their team???

Did F1 teams always have 6 or 7 Sim / Test drivers in their team or is this something new???

Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Rear Wing 1 (IP Logged)
Date: 05/02/2020 08:10

Just curious what year did F1 teams first use simulators???

In the 80's or did they have simulators before the 80's???

Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: AlanJones (IP Logged)
Date: 05/02/2020 09:27

Well, yes. Because there were testing rigs. Those were the ancient simulators.

As seen here back in the early 90s:
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Those rigs were used by engine manufacturers in the 70s also.

Nowadays it's a full time job to race in the simulator. And you need multiple drivers to do so.


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Re: ROKiT Williams Racing confirm Aitken as Reserve Driver
Posted by: Rear Wing 1 (IP Logged)
Date: 05/02/2020 22:57

Thanks Alan.

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